LANCASTER – An alleged gang member was arrested after he sped away from deputies, crashed into a tree and then tried to run away, authorities said.
The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 28) when deputies attempted to stop Heriberto Sanchez, 26, in the area of Challenger Way, just north of Avenue J, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
Rust said Sanchez was stopped by an Operation Safe Streets gang detective for numerous vehicle code violations.
“As the detective approached the car, he saw that the driver was holding a baggie of marijuana,” Rust said. “Before he could talk to the driver, the driver speeds off.”
Sanchez drove into a nearby neighborhood as the detective put the call out on the sheriff’s radio, Rust said.
Deputies in the area canvassed the neighborhood and soon found Sanchez’ car in the 1100 Block of Caperton Street, Rust said.
“The car had crashed into a tree, and the suspect was climbing out of the car and running,” Rust said, adding that Sanchez was quickly captured a short distance away.
“They searched the vehicle and found narcotics and a small caliber handgun inside the car,” Rust said. “It looks like methamphetamine and a little bit of weed.”
Sanchez was arrested for weapons, narcotics and traffic violations, Rust said.
He remains jailed on $145,000 bail and is due in court on Thursday (Aug. 30).